Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy

posted on Monday, 24th October 2011 by Steve May

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The movie that introduced DTS digital surround sound to movie theatres and then inspired a generation to build home cinema systems gets its long-awaited release on Blu-ray this week. And while we don't intend to make a habit of trumpeting movie releases here on Inside CI, Jurassic Park merits special mention.

Making its debut as part of the three disc Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy box set, it's been re-minted in 1080p and comes with a stunning 7.1 DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack. Dinosaurs may no longer seem quite as extinct as they once did, but this adventure has lost none of its wow factor over the years. Indeed, dealers looking for a deal-clinching demo disc should snap up a copy immediately.

While the DTS digital cinema sound system was developed after Dolby Digital, it crucially secured the backing of Steven Spielberg. The director believed that it was the best sound system available to showcase his upcoming dinosaur epic. 

Jurassic Park went on to earn the distinction of being the first movie released with a multi-channel DTS soundtrack on LaserDisc. Its arrival was to prove a pivotal point in the development of home theatre. Thanks to a certain rampaging T-Rex and a couple of beakers of water, everyone got the point of multi-channel sound's .1 LFE channel.

Two sequences in particular on that LaserDisc were used to sell home cinema systems (and Pioneer Laser Disc Players) by the truck load: the dramatic night time T-Rex attack (pictured above) and the sequence with Sam Neil, the kids and the flocking Gallimimus herd. The good news is that both are even more effective on Blu-ray. Indeed, with this new 7.1 lossless sound mix they're simply breathtaking.

If you want to pressure load a room to show the benefits of deep bass, sit your clients down in front of chapter 11. To demonstrate thunderous, front-to-rear panning, dial up Chapter 14.

Of course, the two sequels are not short on great demo sequences either. But the real crowd pleasers are to be found in the original.

The set has other attractions too, the highlight of which is the two hour documentary Return to Jurassic Park.  All the other extras have appeared on previous Jurassic Park DVD releases, and include features on the special effects and Stan Winston's model making studios and sundry production archives.

 

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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